Early 20th Century Japanese Tansu Chest

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Traditionally designed to be portable and functional, Japanese tansu chests were versatile storage cabinets used for all kinds of purposes. This chest of drawers was originally used to store kimono. Made during Japan’s Mejii period (1868–1912), considered the Golden Age of tansu making, the chest is a beautiful combination of utility and beauty. The drawer fronts are zelkova wood (keyaki) and the body is cryptomeria cedar (sugi). Featuring four drawers stacked on a row of smaller drawers, the wooden chest is punctuated with handmade iron pulls with handles on the sides for easy transport.

 
Details
Of the Period
Meiji
Place of Origin
Japan
Date of Manufacture
1900
Period
1900-1909
Materials and Techniques
Wood
Iron
Condition
Good
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
40.75 in. H x 33.75 in. W x 15.25 in. D
104 cm H x 86 cm W x 39 cm D
Dealer Location
Chicago, IL
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU82007725163
Address
Pagoda Red
400 N Morgan St
Chicago IL 60642
US
(773) 825-5796
1stdibs Dealer since 2006 Located in Chicago, IL
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